Thai documentary, Hope Frozen: A Quest To Live Twice wins the title ‘Best Documentary’ at the 49th International Emmy Awards. Directed by Pailin Wedel, the documentary gained Thailand its first-ever Emmy.
‘Hope Frozen: A Quest To Live Twice’ is Pailin’s first documentary feature film. The other acclaimed documentaries in the category were ‘They Call Me Babu’ from the Netherlands, ‘Cercados [Seized]’ from Brazil and ‘Toxic Beauty’ from Canada.
‘Hope Frozen’ chronicles the story of Einz, the youngest person to be cryonically preserved in the hope of resurrection. Naovaratpong family decided to give their daughter Matheryn, nicknamed Einz another chance at life by cryonically preserving her body. The two-year-old girl died due to brain cancer. They hope Einz to live in a regenerated body in the future when technology evolves.
“I’d like to thank the Naovaratpong family for bravely telling their story and my husband and family for supporting me. Thanks, Netflix for bringing this special story to the whole planet. This is so unexpected. Thank you so much,” said Pailin as she virtually accepted the award.
Pailin is a Thai-American journalist and filmmaker and she founded 2050 Productions, based in Bangkok. Her artwork focuses on subjects like faith, trauma and clashes between East and West.
Pailin wrote, produced and directed the 79 minutes documentary video. The documentary also received the ‘Best International Documentary’ award at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in 2019. The documentary is available for streaming on Netflix.